Wednesday, January 31, 2018

January Paper Doll - Set 7

It's a little late but I managed to get the last sheet for January finished! I'm working on February now so look for that soon.  Hopefully I can get a little ahead on this project but I say that all the time and it never happens!

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This set covers the 28th through the 31st. I had to place the outfits a bit out of order so that they would fit.  The themes are: vine, mobile, boots, and fairy.  The fairy is easily one of my favorite paper doll outfits ever.  Love how it came out!

February is on it's way so check for that in a few days!

Monday, January 29, 2018

January Paper Doll - Set 6

It's almost the end of January and I'm really close to finishing up the January series.  I'm definitely going to keep going! It's a tough project but I'm really enjoying it.

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This set covers days 23 through 27.  The themes this time were: handwriting, mix, blue, socks, and mood.  Handwriting was an easy one - I added a handwriting graphic to the skirt.  For mix, I used a mix of patterns in a Gunne Sax inspired dress.  Blue was straightforward and I am SO glad I had a blue in my limited palette! For socks, I went with a plaid skirt and argyle knee socks.  And I thought emojis would be a fun way to express mood.

I'll round out this series on the 31st and get cracking on February! Come back for more!!

Friday, January 26, 2018

Paper Doll Collaboration 2018 - Fairy Tales

First, I will finish up the January paper doll series next week....and get started on February! I'm loving this little project! It's more drawing than I've done in a long time but that was kind of the point.

Second, who's ready for the next collaboration series?!

This year's collaboration paper doll was designed by Melissa at Miss Missy's Paper Dolls. Last year I had the privilege of designing the collaboration doll & it's fun to be on the other side of that.  All of the artists gave my doll their own little adjustments and so I did that this time.

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Melissa's style is more based on anime than mine is, so it was interesting to work with that style. I drew a new face (much like everyone did last year).  The doll was slim enough that I fit her and the first outfit on one page.

The January theme is fairy tale and although Alice in Wonderland isn't *technically* a fairy tale, it felt right for this doll.  I included a quote, too, to help with the composition. Those curls were a fun challenge!

For more in this series, visit Miss Missy and Paper Thin Personas!

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

January Paper Doll - Set 5

Today we have the rare Tuesday post! I've posting these doodle-a-day paper dolls as I finish them instead of on a set-in-stone schedule.  As it is, I feel like I'm very behind!

This set covers days 18 through 21. It's a little less jam packed with pieces partly because the themes were a bit more challenging.

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The themes for this set were: row, warmth, cheese, hugs, and under.  For "row" I went with a rowing uniform and windbreaker.  "Warmth" is a pretty standard peacoat and jeans.  I struggled a bit with "cheese" and hugs but they came out ok.  For "under" I went with a slip in the same pattern as the pajamas for "sleep" and robe I made for "bath".

Stay tuned for the next round of outfits....posted whenever I finish them!

Friday, January 19, 2018

January Paper Doll - Set 4

This paper doll project is a marathon!! It's fun and I'm loving it, but it's a lot more time intensive than I realized!

Not stopping anytime soon!!

Today is days 13 through 17.  The themes are: suits, cans, wheels, paint, and denim.

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For suits, I wanted a bright, tweed-y suit.  Cans was a challenging theme and I settled on an Andy Warhol pop art soup can.  Wheels is a VW van.  Paint is a paint splattered dress.  Denim was easy.  There are two things I think of when I think of denim: my parents and Canadian tuxedos.  What's a Canadian tuxedo? It's a denim jacket with jeans, a jean-on-jean look.  My family is from the Vermont-Canada border and culture was a bit cross-pollinated.  My parents love their denim looks! The other thing I think of when I think of denim is Gordon Downie of the Tragically Hip.  He was an amazing musician and activist, and the hat is an homage to the hat he wore on his final tour.

So next week I'll get another sheet up as I finish it! I'm leaning towards having one doll for the whole year.  Maybe I'll change up the hair/face/skin.  Maybe I won't. I dunno.

Check back for more next week!!

Friday, January 12, 2018

January Paper Doll - Set 3

So I've made it through the first 12 drawing prompts from the January doodle-a-day suggestions from Rhianna Wurman.  It was sheer luck that I completed the day 12 prompt on January 12th! I'm not sure exactly what day I'll get the next set up - it might be Monday, it might be Wednesday.  We'll see how the weekend goes.

Today's set covers days days 8 through 12.  The themes are: bath, clouds, houseplants, circles, and something that starts with "l".

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For bath, I made a robe and head wrap to match the sleep set on the first page.  I made a cloud covered top and puffy hair for clouds.  And then there's a succulent covered dress for houseplants. For circles, I added an interlocking circle pattern to pants along with a circle necklace and circle glasses.  Finally, for "L" I made a leotard with leggings and legwarmers! 

Now that it's about the midpoint for January, what would you like to see for February: the same doll with a new color scheme or a new doll with a new color scheme? Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

January Paper Doll - Set 2

It was tough, but I got the next page in the series ready to go! I think I'm close to getting caught up or even ahead for January, so that's good.  Today's sheet features days 4 through 7 in the doodle-a-day challenge.

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The themes for days 4 through 7 are: penguin, fringe, sailor, and building.  I was a bit stumped for "building".  There was a vintage Pierre Balmain gown that I liked. He was a trained architect and the top reminded me of coffered ceilings, so that's how I tackled "building". A bit convoluted but it works for me!

So what do you all think of the new series? It's more ensemble and less mix-and-match than a lot of my previous sets.  We'll see how that plays out over the series...

Let me know what you think!

Monday, January 8, 2018

January Paper Doll - Set 1

Happy 2018! It usually takes me a while to get back on track in January.  The holidays are crazy and having the kids home for vacation takes up a lot of my paper doll creating time.  I love having them home but it's nice to get my time back, too!

Something I've wanted to do for a while is follow along with daily drawing challenges.  I follow a lot of artists on Instagram, Pinterest, etc, and many of them complete daily challenges.  So that's what I'm doing this year - yes, year.  I've had a lack of inspiration lately and this seemed like the ideal solution: one paper doll, predetermined themes, limited palette. I haven't worked out the details yet. I may have a new doll every month.  I may use one for the whole year. Will this be my December project, too? I don't know! We'll see how it goes.

Today I have the first set, in both black and white as well as color.  If you'd like to follow along, I'm using the drawing suggestions from @ellolovey on Instagram and she's on Facebook, too.

 This is her whole list for the month if you want to follow along! 

I haven't completed the whole month and I'll fill a sheet & release it when it's ready, probably Mondays and Fridays - maybe more!! I'm not sure exactly how I'll tackle all of these in paper doll form (hug? mood? dunno...) but that's part of the fun!

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Today I have the doll, and the first three themes: New Years, cocktail, and sleep.  I have the next four ready to go for either Wednesday or Friday. Let me know what you think! I'm excited - I think it'll be fun!